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Publisher's Summary

In this compelling coming-of-age story, Julia DeSmit endures the painful depths of love and loss, and enjoys the comforting glimmers of faith and hope.Abandoned by her mother at age nine, Julia agonizes over her father's lingering death six years later. Now living alone with her saintly grandmother, Julia is crushed to learn that her longtime best friend and secret love has a college sweetheart.Hoping to redefine herself, Julia attends a nearby university on an engineering scholarship. But when she returns home for Thanksgiving, unexpected events leave her vulnerable. Soon a sobering reality carries her through an Iowa blizzard - to begin a life she never planned.Nicole Baart has received critical acclaim for her splendid debut novel, whose crisp prose is both "beautiful" and "evocative" (Romantic Times).
©2007 Nicole Bart; (P)2008 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Sparkling prose makes this new novel a welcome addition to inspirational fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Daryl on 10-28-14

A promising debut

Would you consider the audio edition of After the Leaves Fall to be better than the print version?

Probably. I loved Johanna Parker's performance - she became Julia. Her performance made a descriptive coming-of-age tale into a pure joy to hear.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I would have to say Julia, just because she was messy and unpredictable. Beyond that, I liked Becca.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found Julia's choice of a Christmas gift for her grandmother was moving and special, and the ending was bittersweet, leaving many open-ended questions. Thankfully Baart wrote two more books with some of these characters, and I look forward to seeing where Julia's fictional life takes her.

Any additional comments?

Terrific debut. baart creates Christian fiction that doesn't like the easy answers. I think this is what I like about her writing, because life - and faith journeys - are not that simple.
Great work!

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2 out of 5 stars
By MARIA on 06-12-14


What would have made After the Leaves Fall better?

some resolution of the story - unsure what the point of it was -

Would you ever listen to anything by Nicole Baart again?

yes I have an avid interest in stories - would give it another try but would want my money back if it was the same

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Johanna Parker?

The best narrator ever - would not change it

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boring - did not go anywhere

Any additional comments?

not insipirational at all

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